California’s North Coast is one of the few regions in North America where the summer and winter temperatures are nearly identical. We experience a subtle 8-12 degree drop during the wintertime. It’s worth noting that some communities are generally warmer than others during the summertime, depending on their proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The faint temperature dip brings an increase in strong winter winds, which is ideal for expert surfers and wave watching enthusiasts. When cooler air blows over warm ocean water, it lifts off the surface and is replaced with strong winds from above. Luckily for you, California is home to some of the best coastal waves in the world.

Wave Watching on the North Coast

Whether you’re traveling to the North Coast for an overdue surfing expedition or a visit to the stunning Redwood National Park this winter, you’ll want to spend an afternoon at your charming vacation rental basking in the Pacific Ocean’s breezy glory. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has several ocean-view properties across Humboldt County and beyond, perfect for wave watchers, surfers, and hikers. Here are five of our favorite vacation rentals with spectacular views of massive California waves.

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Seaside Meadow on the Bluff

One of our most popular vacation rentals is Seaside Meadow on the Bluff because it has genuinely breathtaking ocean views in the backyard, a perfect place to watch waves during the wintertime. You’ll be able to spot the city of Trinidad, Trinidad Head, Little River Rock, and, of course, hundreds of crashing coastal waves. While you cannot walk to the beach, you’ll be just a short drive from Trinidad Head and Moonstone Beach, two of the best places for wave watching on the North Coast. Not to be overlooked, Seaside Meadow has a perfect five-star rating from our customers. The home was built in 1898, so it’s laden with history, old-world charm, and contemporary amenities.

Crescent City Beach House

Twenty-one miles south of the Oregon border rests the quaint town of Crescent City, named after the shape of its beautiful harbor. Crescent City is a popular choice by those looking for a peaceful ocean-view vacation rental, minutes from gigantic Redwoods and spectacular surfing at South Beach. The Crescent City Beach House is a 2,435-square-foot, four-bedroom home steps from a secluded, rocky beach. Several of the bedrooms have perfect sightlines of the Pacific Ocean. This beach house features an outdoor hot tub, large backyard, and a built-in fireplace. Wave watching is only a 30-second stroll away when you choose the Crescent City Beach House.

White’s Landing

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If you’re planning on visiting California’s North Coast for the winter waves and the Redwood forest, then choosing White’s Landing is a no-brainer. White’s Landing, located just down the road from our Crescent City Beach House, may have the best deck within 100 miles. This one-story 1960s beach home has undertaken a stunning transformation from a comfortable oceanfront property to a stunning, contemporary marvel. Immediately upon arrival, you’ll feel compelled to venture onto the back deck, which overlooks the vast Pacific Ocean. Large ocean waves sometimes land ten yards from the home. White’s Landing has beautiful wooden floors, geography-themed decor, a chef’s kitchen, and tons of beach charm. You’ll likely spend most of your time relaxing on the deck, beachcombing, and dipping your toes in the Pacific.


Let’s head back to Trinidad for our final vacation rental: Seascape. We love telling prospective travelers about Seascape’s incredible location next to Trinidad Head, arguably the best place on the North Coast for wave watching. The wraparound balcony features an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking Trinidad Head. The other side of the balcony peers out to Little Head and the popular Trinidad Wharf. The home was named after Seascape Restaurant, which rests approximately 30 feet from the house. You’ll also be a short walk from a private beach.

North Coast Lodging

Some of our favorite places to watch winter waves are the aforementioned Trinidad Head, North Jetty near Eureka, Vista Point, and Hammond Trail. If you’re still searching for California vacation ideas, take a long look at the North Coast. Humboldt County is home to incredible wave watching, surfing, fish tacos, hiking in the Redwoods, and craft beer. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has a wide variety of cottages and homes in Crescent City, Eureka, Trinidad, and all across beautiful Humboldt County. Each vacation home is minutes from incredible wintertime wave watching and year-round hiking. Visit our extensive website, or dial 1-707-834-6555 to find a vacation rental that perfectly suits your family or group!